Welcome to the personal website and blog of software developer and aspiring writer – Andy Heathershaw.
I’m a commercial Microsoft .NET developer and open-source PHP developer based in Tamworth, England. I live with my husband, James, and I’m daddy to a one-year-old Labrador called Mickey.
Check out About Andy Heathershaw to read more about me, or browse my blog posts below.
The open-source database fork of MySQL, started by MySQL’s original developer – MariaDB – have certified their latest release of the 10.1 series (10.1.8) as Generally Available – i.e. suitable for production use. MariaDB 10.1 is a drop-in, binary replacement for MySQL for those that want a quicker development cycle and don’t want to have their hands […]
It’s getting cold outside, the trees and foliage are turning a different shade of brown or yellow with each passing day and the dark nights are drawing in – Autumn is most definitely here. What better way to spend a chilly weekend afternoon than exploring the local area with my four-legged buddy, followed by an evening in […]
Microsoft Learning today announced a new Windows 10 developer qualification aimed at software developers who want to target the recently-released Windows 10 universal platform. The qualification is an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) entitled “MCSD: Universal Windows Platform” and is earned by passing 3 exams. These exams are: 70-483: Programming in C# 70-354: Universal […]
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS.) It is a complete tool for managing an application throughout its lifecycle. However I was bought up (and learnt most of my programming skills) on open-source software. It’s important to me that I don’t forget my roots! While TFS is a […]
Software developers sometimes have to get involved in choosing an infrastructure partner or web hosting provider, especially if that developer runs their own application or websites, or they work in a small company that can’t afford (or don’t want) to employ separate infrastructure engineers. In my current role as a technical consultant, I can be […]
I struggle with anxiety of varying degrees. Sometimes it just stops me having a good time with new people because I’m worried about what they make of me, other times it takes hold over weeks or months, ever-present at the back of my mind. This weekend was one of the latter. For over a year, […]
Fellow software developers will understand the meaning behind the title of this post. “Hello, world!” is the typical statement used in programming tutorials when learning to write software – and it’s usually the first words someone entering the wonderful world of software development will teach a computer application to say. It’s therefore fitting that the […]